Directed by: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Staring: the villagers of Bil’in
Over five years, Emad Burnat, a farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in, portrays the story of the villagers’ resistance to encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot through the lens of five video cameras which are progressively destroyed in the course of the film, this well-made documentary draws the viewer deep inside a Palestinian family in a highly personal tale. Burnat bought his first camera in 2005 to film the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. He continued to film as bulldozers uprooted ancient olive trees, a wall was constructed through village fields and Bil’in became famous for its peaceful protest demonstrations. The film won a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award, and was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award.